Hafan y Mor Pwllheli – Stage 1 Friday 13.11.15.
With day two of HRH9 to look forward to, Thirteen Stars started proceedings off on the main stage and were a great find for me and a great band to help pick people up off the floor who were nursing a hang over from Thursday night. This quartet from Cumbria, play some of the best Southern rock I’ve recently heard, with hints of country and blues. These guys were great on stage, playing up to the cameras and interacting with the crowd – a great band to see live and one which is now firmly fixed on my radar!
Sadly Pat Travers, who was due to perform next, had to pull out of this weekend, which my dad was really upset about but thankfully Federal Charm were on call and stepped up to the plate to perform in Pat’s time slot. These guys are from Manchester and play good old Rock and Roll, and I enjoyed their swagger and groove immensely!
Crobot next and since I saw them supporting Black Label Society earlier this year, I’ve been in love with these guys from Pottsville, PA, USA and their album “Something Supernatural” has been a permanent contender in my playlists! Apart from the massive amount of smoke on stage and the lack of stage lighting, (the reasoning of which I’ll never understood as it just makes the task for photographers that much harder) these guys we’re faultless and for me, Crobot gave one of the best performances of the weekend!
Much to many’s surprise, the next band Toseland included non other than James Toseland himself, who has already had massive success in his former career as a British Superbike racer. Toseland was the 2007 World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda and also won the 2004 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati and he is one of only two men, the other being Troy Corser, to have won the World Superbike Championship for two different manufacturers. If I’m totally honest, the band were fantastic and played some great traditional rock and roll music – the crowd seemed to love it, I loved it and I’m sure you will do too! See Toni Reed’s interview with the man himself here.
Another great band that I’d been looking forward to seeing play again were up next – Scorpion Child. These guys have been touring the UK with Crobot and are now off out into Europe. Currently signed to Nuclear Blast, it’s great to see this band has found a stable bunch of guys who fit the band well. It’s well documented that this band have had a rocky start, but they have so much potential and are possibly the next Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin, either way they are destined for great things. I’m very much looking forward to hearing the bands forthcoming second album to see if they’ve managed to retain the magic of the first self titled one and I will hold them to signing the album, as promised in our interview with bassist Alec Pardon.
Helloween we’re on the lips of most in attendance and a band I know most people were looking forward to seeing live. As us press folk are great lovers of music, which is why we do what we do, I know certain people arranged interviews with this band just so they could speak to one of their idols. As I am only a youngster, I never grew up with this band unlike so many others around me, but from what I could gather and from tonight’s set, these guys are like the German version of Iron Maiden! We too got the chance to speak with the band and discuss amongst other topics, the 30th Anniversary book that’s just been released. I sat and watched most of this bands set and I can honestly say, are they metal, hell yeah they are!
Tonight’s headliners we’re non other than British heavy metal/hard rock titans UFO. When I saw these guys last, they were opening up the main stage on a Saturday at Download and I remember thinking then, these guys have still got it! Tonight though, sadly, they seemed off form, although their biggest tracks ‘Doctor Doctor’ and ‘Rock Bottom’ sounded great and I loved hearing them being played live. Even if Michael Schenker isn’t on the guitar, Vinnie Moore is a fantastic guitar player and a great replacement for the man himself – and I also got to meet the guy who took the photo that features on Vinnie’s new solo album!
As Music224 were out in full support of HRH9 this weekend, whilst I was covering Stage 1, Neil and Toni Reed were covering stage 2 and also getting in a few interviewing aswell. So rock horns up to these guys too for all the hard work they put in this weekend and you can find all their interviews and reviews also up on Music224’s website aswell.
Review and photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK) and interviews by Jay Hawkins and Toni Reed.